Biographies

Trevor Alvord

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Trevor Alvord is the Curator of 21st-century Mormonism and Western American at Brigham Young University where he is responsible for building BYU’s web archive and collecting 21st-century Mormon imprints.  Before coming to BYU he served as a Processing Archivist at Utah State University and as Head of Special Collections at James Madison University.  Trevor received undergraduate degrees from USU in History and Religious Studies in 2007 and his MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009.


Brent Ashworth

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Brent Ashworth began collecting books, manuscripts, art and other curiosities in 1956.  Ashworth is a nationally known autograph collector and dealer of U. S. historical documents and Mormon history related material. He has assisted the Glenn Beck organization, the LDS Church History Library, BYU Library Special Collections, the UVU Library Special Collections, State History Division, including the Utah State Archives and other major institutions. He has recently assisted Beck with his first three history museums, starting with “Man in the Moon” at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, over the July 4th holiday in 2013, the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination in conjunction with the Mercury One Convention at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas, in November 2013, and the “Miracles and Massacres” Museum held at Beck’s Mercury One Studios in October 2014. In November 2013, Ashworth also appeared on Beck’s special show on collecting, along with David Barton and Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars. Ashworth is a noted philanthropist in Utah among historical organizations and libraries and is a community leader.


Laura Card

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Laura Card is a retired professor of research and writing, having earned a PhD in rhetoric and composition. She is an award-winning author of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and academic writing. One of her papers written about an original proclamation regarding sumptuary laws by Elizabeth I (found in the BYU Special Collections) was awarded first place by the American Historical Rhetoric Association. She writes fiction under the name of Dene Low. Her novel Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone was a finalist for the American Mystery Writers Association Edgar Award. She is active in the Utah writing community and often presents at writing conferences. She personally knows many of the authors she will be speaking about.


Gordon Daines

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J. Gordon Daines III is Supervisor of Reference Services and Department Chair in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, and a certificate in archives and records management from Western Washington University. He has been fascinated by explorers and exploration for as long as he can remember. He co-curated the 2005 Special Collection’s exhibit “Exploring the West: The Legacy of Lewis and Clark” which celebrated the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition and America’s love of exploration. The exhibit commemorated the efforts of Lewis and Clark, as well as other explorers who broadened the understanding of our nation for their generations. Other research interests include the development of primary source literacy skills, the history of the archival profession in Utah, managing with digital records, and business process management as applied to archives.


Meg Frost

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Meg Frost is the Physiological Sciences Librarian at Brigham Young University where she is responsible for the library’s medical collection. She received a master’s degree in Biology Education at the University of Utah and a master’s of Library Science from the University of North Texas. Her current research interests include the early history of medicine and popular biomedical literature.


Maggie Kopp

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Maggie Gallup Kopp is Curator of Rare Books at L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library, where she is responsible for the European historical collections and rare British and American literature. She is currently serving as chair of the Utah Library Association Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Roundtable. Maggie holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and an MLS from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Victorian ephemera and the intersection of book history and women’s history.


Robert Maxwell

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Robert L. Maxwell is a regular presenter at the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference. He is one of the Library’s rare materials catalogers and is curator of the Orson Scott Card Collection. He holds a PhD in Classics from University of Toronto, and a JD, an MA, and an MLS from Brigham Young University. He also received his BA from BYU in French and Latin.


Christopher McAfee

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Chris received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University where he began learning to bind books. He went on in 1995 to receive an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he began learning book conservation. He has spent the last 20 years conserving and preserving books, documents, photographs, and other artifacts. He currently works for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections as Head Conservator.


Reid Moon

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Reid N. Moon is the owner of Moon’s Rare Books in Provo, Utah. He has been collecting rare Mormon books, documents and artifacts for the past 30 years. Reid Moon graduated from BYU in 1985. He is an antiquarian book dealer who specializes in rare Mormon books, documents, early Bibles [1250-1899 AD], classics in literature and important historical books and artifacts. He has traveled over a million miles—to 45 of the 50 states and all over Europe, North and South America tracking down these treasures. He is a regular guest on the Glenn Beck Program, and he says that he has “the best job ever!”


Greg Seppi

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Gregory Seppi is the Curator of 19th and 20th Century Mormon and Western Americana at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. In addition to his curatorial responsibilities, he is currently finishing his Master of Library and Information Science degree through San José State. He also holds an MA in the History of Medicine from Oxford Brookes University (2011) and a BA in History from Brigham Young University (2010). Prior to his employment at BYU, he acquired rare books for the LDS Church History Department in Salt Lake City, UT, from 2013-2014. His research interests include the history of printing (especially ephemera), religious studies, women’s history, and the history of race and gender in the west.


Judy Sommerfeldt

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Judy Sommerfeldt is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in English and a minor in French.  She taught secondary education after earning her bachelor’s degree.  Judy was introduced to calligraphy and the beauty of hand written letters twenty five years ago.  Since that time she has been an active student and advocate of calligraphy as an art form.  She is the past president of the Utah Calligraphic Artists Guild and currently serves on its executive board. She teaches bookbinding at Brigham Young University and at Utah Valley University.  Judy and her husband Vern are the parents of six children and grandparents of twenty-three.


Jack Stoneman

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Jack Stoneman is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and completed his PhD in Japanese literature at Columbia University. His main research focus is the late-Heian period poet Saigyo (1118-1190). Jack also has research interests in medieval Japanese poetry, literati culture, and Japanese ceramics, and has in recent years begun researching Japanese rare books and manuscripts held in BYU’s Special Collections.


Russ Taylor

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Russ Taylor is the Assistant University Librarian over Special Collections, before which he had been Supervisor of Reference Services at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library since 1999. Prior professional work includes 15 years as a corporate speechwriter, three years as assistant curator of Special Collections at BYU and temporary positions as reference librarian at Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), and as a contract library cataloger for Advanced Information Consultants (Minneapolis, Minnesota). To round out his professional career, he has also worked as a bull whacker and an ox driver for the Minnesota State Historical Society at the Oliver Kelly Historic Farm in Elk River, Minnesota, and at “This Is The Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.


Christina Thomas

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Christina Thomas was first trained as a book repair technician while a BYU student from 2000 to 2004. She later completed the 2-year bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. After completing book conservation internships at Haverford College, the Boston Public Library, and the LDS Church History Library, she joined the Harold B. Lee Library staff as assistant to James Fairbourn in 2009. In July 2013 the staff of the HBLL Conservation Lab welcomed her as a Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.


 

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